Final Mission Report-VOSH-CT 2014

Here is the Final Mission report-VOSH-CT 2014.

I am sorry for the delay in getting this out to all of you, but we have been extremely busy and I thank you all for your patience.

This report will be posted up on our web sites, along with some pictures. I am also happy to report that I managed to track down & get returned 2 of the missing black bags along with Dr. Lynch’s bag of readers that all had gone MIA from UPS.

It was not an easy task, but it got done.

Again, next year’s mission dates will be January 10-17, 2015 because it was too much with the holidays being so close this year, so hopefully this will work a little better for everyone’s schedule.

Once again, if you’re planning ahead, please plan to arrive in Managua on Friday night, January 9th, so we can all meet up & travel together through customs.

Rosa Elena was wonderful with helping us this year & fortunately she will continue as Mayor for the next few years so hopefully we’ll be in good shape.

The only real baggage casualty was Orlando’s son’s entire suitcase of diapers, baby clothes, toys & gifts that they show at Delta coming off the plane in Managua and never making it to the carrousel, a distance of maybe 10 feet, so we figure that’s a goner, but again, thankfully we were spared all of that this year.

I’d also like to once again thank the Berkeley students for their 16th year of service to our VOSH mission because without these students there would be no mission. I look forward to being in touch with the new group after Labor Day and again if anyone needs anything or we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We have a lot coming up with Rose, Mike & Joey’s graduations & Rose’s wedding in October, so again, thanks so much to everyone & we look forward to being in touch!!

Jefa AudBl@aol.com


Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021